Donate Life

If you look to the left, just below the ClustrMap, you’ll see that I’ve added links to the Donate Life and Transplant Games sites. The organ donation process is very close to me since my husband received the gift of life (a new heart) in January of 2004.

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Here we are in the fall of 2004, Nick has the chipmunk cheeks from the high doses of steroids that kept rejection at bay. By the way, this was the UCLA-Illinois football game … UCLA won :-). He will celebrate his 4th heart birthday this coming January. And then in July, he will celebrate life by competing in the Transplant Games (TG) in Pittsburgh. He will be in two cycling events and be playing badminton. If you are in the area, or want to attend this absolutely amazing event, you can get all the details on the TG site.

I encourage you to sign your donor card, register online through the Donate Life site, and talk to your family. I am happy to say that my Mother donated my father’s eyes (other organs did not meet the standards). So she will be walking in with Nick as a Donor Family member.

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3 thoughts on “Donate Life

  1. Over half of the 98,000 Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. Over 6,000 of our neighbors suffer and die needlessly every year as a result.

    There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage — give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren’t willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

    Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

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